Other Voices Media Reviews

Jimi with Cherry Ghost. Photograph: James Goulden

Jimi made an appearance at the Other Voices festival in Dingle on the west coast of Ireland with Cherry Ghost.   Here are a couple media reviews found so far:

The Guardian

Finishing the third of Other Voices’ four nights were Cherry Ghost, from the north-west of England, who’d been encouraged to come to Dingle by previous festival attendees Elbow. Like Guy Garvey’s band, Simon Aldred’s outfit make sensitive, literate rock music; they can do epic, but not at the expense of thought (this is a band whose debut single was called Mathematics). Then they were joined by their friend Jimi Goodwin of Doves, who battled a cold he was suffering heroically and who played two similarly brooding new songs, one a homage to his own part of the world, Didsbury Girl. But better was a song sung by the guesting harpist Esther Swift called Stillness of the Night Time.

Their best the ensemble saved for last, a beguiling cover of Jim Pepper’s Witchi Tia To, a song also covered by Harpers Bizarre and Jan Garbarek. It took on the quality of a mantra – you could imagine Spiritualized, who are playing on the final night of Other Voices, also essaying it – which in the context of the church made compelling sense.

Finally a review from the Other Voices website:

The night finishes with an ensemble cast. Cherry Ghost are a Bolton band of folk musicians who have been playing together since 2005. You may know their ‘People Help The People’ single which was most recently covered by up and coming singer Birdy. Tonight’s performance has a collective feel. They are joined by close friend and collaborator Jimi Goodwin of Doves. Both are good friends with Elbow who recommended that the band play here (even ringing our host Philip King on the night to see how things were going). The set was a pleasant one of gentle symphonic songs adorned with bluesy slide guitar, harp and synths including early hit ‘Mathematics’, the church-suitable ‘My God Betrays’ and songs from the band’s second LP Beneath This Burning Shoreline. Doves’ singer Goodwin joins the band for the remainder of the set and they play works in progress from his own solo forthcoming LP with ‘The Panic Tree’ and ‘Mystery Girl’ being the standouts. There’s still time though for an edifying solo song from the harpist Esther Swift called ‘Stillness Of The Night Time’ and a cover of saxophonist Jim Pepper’s ‘Witchi-Tai-To’ to finish.

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